Monday, 24 April 2017

AQC Round-up

After a slight delay my flight from Melbourne finally landed at 8.15 tonight followed by a 45 minute drive to the comfort of home. It has been a very busy four days at the Australasian Quilt Convention and I know I will sleep like a log after my mandatory soak! I didn't seem to have the time to browse the retail stands or spend a long time admiring the quilts but I still managed a few photos. Luke Haynes was one of the international tutors and his quilts were fabulous..........


 Another international tutor that I have admired from afar - Melissa Sobotka and it was a delight to meet her in person as well......


 Velda Newman who is also from the USA makes imposing and colourful quilts....

There was a display of past convention class quilts and I was thrilled to see Marion's quilt from one of my classes......I have a feeling it was design class but Marion opted to do one of mine!......
 A Susan Carlson class quilt.......
 And one of yours dear Faye!......
 and for you too Lessa.........
 This year included a "Great Australian" bag challenge........






And of course the annual AQC challenge with the theme being "Made in Australia - Flora and Fauna" with 1st Place awarded to Linden Lancaster.....
 Pamela was in my class recently (Illawarra Quilters), and I especially went looking for her entry. Well done Pamela - your quilt is amazing and I love, love the ants!.......


 I admired this and many other quilts too........


 There were also quilts from the International QuiltCon 2017 with the winner being an Australian - Katherine Jones with her quilt "Bling", an innovative foundation pieced interpretation of a cut diamond.........


Last night we attended the gala dinner with the anticipated award announcements including the 2017 Rajah Award which was awarded to a very deserving Lynn Hewitt. The "Best of Australia" award was also announced and our very own Rachelle Denneny was the winner. We are all so very proud of her and this is the second time she has received this honour, this time with her quilt "Modern Movement". Unfortunately I didn't get a good photo but this is Rachelle's and I know she won't mind 😘......Congratulations Rachelle x........
So where was I for most of those four days? Possibly doing a little stitching and some talking, laughing, hugging and smiling....and just having a jolly good time for Bernina! And all underneath these mesmerising ceilings........



 You can see more of my shenanigans on the Bernina Australia Facebook site.! 
Well it is almost 1am and time I hit the sack.....so till next time wherever you are...take care x

Friday, 21 April 2017

Resting the Voice in Melbourne

A week has passed us by once again so it must be time to catch up. Tonight I was going to meet with friends to share dinner but I am a little weary and losing my voice, so the feet are up while I chat to you instead…..and this way the voice can rest too! And why the loss of voice? Well possibly way too much talking as the guest on the Bernina Australia stand at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne….more of that soon. When I left home on Wednesday morning we noticed the new life in the nest was preparing to fly…….he/she has grown so fast…..


 After a smooth flight from Adelaide I arrived to bustling Melbourne for four and half days of all things quilting. I have the most wonderful apartment courtesy of Bernina and it has oodles of room and a big bath (how I love my nightly bath!!)…….



 The view from my balcony……...

 It is probably a short 5-10 minute walk through Carlton Gardens to reach the World Heritage listed venue of the Royal Exhibition Building, but I turn it into a longer amble of 20 minutes taking in the sights (and pacing myself as the incline plays havoc with my b…..angina!!)……… 




 I spied a familiar section of a quilt of mine on the screens of the outside ticket office……….
 Kerrie from Bernina looks after us all and I was given a mandatory dose of vitamin jubes when I arrived……
 Last night I was thrilled to be asked to join the team in their annual dinner challenge where they split into pairs and in MasterChef style are given a recipe to prepare one of the courses in our rooms….and in a personally labelled apron! This year the theme was Swiss as the main guest was all the way from Switzerland! It was indeed a thrill to be a part of it all and to meet the special guest Roger Buhler,  Vice President of Bernina……..



 Our dish was the cheese fondue and Roger gave us a pass with a few hints for improvement! We enjoyed veal, chicken and swiss salads followed by an amazing toblerone chocolate mousse topped with peanut praline……..


 So this morning it was very hard to get out of bed but onwards and upwards only this time the morning walk was through the rain that the ducks were loving……..

 Tomorrow I will try to photograph the quilts that I can, so for now just a little……….
 Lessa Siegle's magnificent version of the historic Rajah Quilt greets everyone as they enter…...

 with a tribute to the previous Rajah winners…..and I still can't believe that I am one of them up there on that wall!!
 This is my seat for four days where there is far more talking than sewing happening……..
So finally I would like to say an ENORMOUS THANKYOU to each and every one of you who have come to the stand to say Hi! It is thrilling to see students and friends from the past and especially to those of you who told me how much you love this blog……I keep doing it for you!! And finally a huge thankyou to Bernina Australia for the kind invitation to be guest this year. I am truly humbled and honoured to be a small part of it all (and thanks for looking after me so well too…..and by the way….I LOVE my Bernina!!)….more convention news soon…..